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Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

On 27th November 2018, an audio was leaked through social networks in which the General Police Commander Faustino Mendoza speaks about the surveillance of messages from journalists and politicians. Read more

 Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

The Ghana Right to Information Coalition, a coalition of civil society organisations, launched, in November 2018, the RTI Red Friday campaign, to demand that the Ghanaian Parliament approve the Right To Information Bill. Read more

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Four humanitarian NGO workers, who had been providing assistance to refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos, were released on bail on 4th December 2018. They still face serious charges, including espionage and people smuggling, which could result in jail sentences of up to 25 years. Read more

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

The Gambia's civic space ratings have improved from 'repressed' to 'obstructed' with the political transition in 2017, following 22 years of repressive rule under president Yahya Jammeh. This has opened space for civil society and substantially improved the human rights context in the country. Read more

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police

On 8th November, clashes between street vendors and the National Police were reported in Santa Tecla. This happened after the vendors failed to reach an agreement with the Mayor regarding the relocation of the vendors. Read more

 Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police

Six killed during anti-corruption protests

On 18th November 2018, countrywide protests started in Haiti over government corruption. Read more

Six killed during anti-corruption protests

Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Human rights groups have raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country after Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as President . Rajapaksa’s previous administration was implicated in serious human rights violations during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war and in suppression of freedoms of the media, expression, and association
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Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Macedonia's name has stirred controversy in 2018. In a long-running dispute with Greece, Macedonian authorities have been locked in discussions with their neighbour over the country's name. On 20th October 2018, the Macedonian Parliament voted in favour of renaming the country. The move effectively starts Macedonia's road to joining the EU and NATO. In this update, we detail the key developments related to civic space during this period. Read more

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Opposition protests: two people killed

On 16th October 2018, one person was killed by live ammunition, reportedly fired by the anti-crime brigade, during a two-day 'ville morte' protest action organised by the opposition. The protest action took place in Conakry on 15th and 16th October 2018 to denounce what opposition calls the manipulation and corruption in the installation of municipal councils by the ruling party Read more

Opposition protests: two people killed